Water Python

Liasis fuscus


Least Concern

These snakes demonstrate a symbolic connection to the rainbow serpent from indigenous dreamtime stories.  While sporting generally earthy colours, in direct sunlight each scale will reflect the complete glistening spectrum of a rainbow.

Our snakes are involved daily in awareness and education presentations aimed to counter their biggest threat, a poor reputation. Snakes are true biodiversity safeguards, able to survive lengths of time without eating while being capable of managing population booms in times of abundance.


Spanning across Northern Australia and partly down the east coast, in the warmer months, expect to find these semi-aquatic pythons concealed among vegetation in the water. During the cooler months, they’ll tend to stick to the banks and never be too far from rivers, streams and billabongs.


Though purely carnivorous, these animals will still surprise you, not only do they take on birds, small mammals, lizards and frogs, they’ve been known to consume crocodiles whole too.


Breeding takes place in the dry season with upwards of a dozen eggs being laid after a month gestation. These hatch two months later with fully formed snakes emerging together.

  • Water python swimming in water
  • Close up of water python
  • A close up shot of the head of a water python at Moonlit Sanctuary

    Dark green indicates where the water python can be found

    Distribution map for water pythons in Ausralia